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" My parents aren't crazy conservative. They're actually pretty open-minded. But my grandparents are, and where I'm from, East Texas, is the Bible Belt. "
" I write my songs and just play them, so there are not a whole lot of fireworks. As long as the music comes first, it's OK to have some fireworks. But not the other way around. "
" When I started out, I wanted to be the kind of artist who could play the CMA Music Festival and then turn around and play Bonnaroo, and I've managed to do both. "
" Undeniably, I'm a country singer; I'm a country songwriter. But I feel like I make country music for people who like country music and for people who don't. "
" A lot of times, I'm singing things that are observational and am definitely including myself. "
" Obviously, I don't live and die by it, everything my horoscope says. But I feel like there's definitely something to it. "
" It's weird, because the ideas in my songs aren't controversial to me. I feel like I should be able to sing about anything. "
" I think if you're everyone's cup of tea, that probably means you're a little bit boring, or you're not pushing yourself. Creativity happens where it's dangerous and scary: where you're not comfortable. "
" I like to make people think a little bit. "
" In the beginning, I wrote OK songs, but they didn't have a unique perspective. "
" I'm just observing. I don't ever want people to think I'm preaching at them or wearing them out. "
" I like when people have Western style, but it's throwback Seventies-ish. I like pearlsnap shirts and a bow-tie like the KFC man. "
" I'm all about small towns. I think it's a great place to grow up. "
" I always draw from things around me that people around me have gone through... The story that could be taken really literally is not from my life exactly. But bits and pieces are, and the sentiment behind it is. "
" I do try to shop online and support people who hand-make their stuff, and because you can find stuff that nobody else has. "
" Too many people focus on writing what they think they should write, what should be in a song, what radio would want. "
" Of course I get angry, but I want to use my brain a little bit and not just smash things. "
" I needed to really pursue music and learn what I needed to learn on my own by getting in and doing it, not by reading a book about it. "
" Loretta Lynn was one of those ladies a long time ago that opened a lot of doors and paved the way for a lot of ballsy singer-songwriters who weren't just cute. "
" Look at Loretta Lynn. Look at Jeannie C. Rily singing 'Harper Valley PTA' and Tammy Wynette singing about divorce. They were ahead of their times in a lot of ways. "
" I'm thrilled that country music fans like my stuff, but so do a lot of people outside of country music, people who just love music. My goal is more to reach music lovers than to appeal to a genre. I love country music, and I'm proud to represent it, but I don't obsess over it as a category. "
" You can't beat Freddie Mercury. He was a mad man in the best sense possible. "
" If the lyrics are something new, then maybe I want to give it a more traditional form, or the other way around, but not have all one or the other. "
" I did tennis for a while, and I was actually on the volleyball team for a minute. "
" My parents have always had a great sense of humor. And I really appreciate good humor in songs, witty lyrics that sneak up on you and then you listen again, and say: 'That's so funny.' John Prine's songs have always had this really witty tone. "
" I didn't necessarily grow up in a trailer park, but there is a brief part of that in my life. So I can make fun of it a little bit. I'm not too much of an outsider, where I'm just making fun of someone. "
" I'd rather have 100,000 people who really get what I'm doing and like it for what it is than a million who can take it or leave it. "
" I love vintage cowboy boots, and some days I'm into platform stilettos encrusted in jewels. It's really all over the place. "
" I wouldn't ever do a radio edit because I feel like it would totally go against the point of 'Follow Your Arrow.' I just think you're going to like it or not like it. "
" My fans are pretty spot-on with their gifts. This girl that was super into baking had made this entire batch of cookies - there were one with a dandelion on it, one with a trailer, and some had my face. "
" When something comes to my brain, I don't ignore it. You never know what it's going to turn into. "